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Here’s the new method for combating modesty problems: on posters that were displayed publicly on Wednesday in Beitar Illit, Israel, signed by the Committee for the Purity of our Camp, a woman’s picture appeared including her full name and the ‘fact’ that she had gotten married not in accordance with halacha (Jewish law), reports Kikar HaShabbat.

This is just one of several instances where the picture of someone involved in issues of modesty and purity is published – based on the judgment of the self-appointed “committee” presiding over matters of modesty in the city.

Reporter Manny Gira related that, in another instance, letters were sent to mail boxes with pictures of men signed up to Facebook, together with their “friends,” alongside accurate personal information about the person.

There was another incident, in Jerusalem’s Sanhedria neighborhood, where the picture of a yeshiva lector who also counsels married couples, was publicized, and the public was encouraged to refrain from using his services.

In effect, this is a new strategic phase in a war. Until now, restraint was employed regarding smearing pictures and personal information on the walls of Haredi neighborhoods. Now the war has intensified and reached the streets.

It’s still not clear whether there is a private group helping themselves to the title of “Committee for the Purity of our Camp,” or if these really are the actions of the committee, which is run by well known individuals, who decided to bring up the pressure.

The “Committee for the Purity of our Camp” is a faction that belongs to the Eida Haredit, and it is involved with “modesty and purity problems” within the Haredi sector.

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7 Responses to “Facebook Pictures Provide New ‘Ammunition’ for the Committee to Preserve Purity”

  1. Muriel Coudurier-Curveur says:

    Those committees are the same as all the religious fascist Guardians of the Revolution in Iran and the Decency Police in Saudi Arabia. This pseudo Jewish sect doesn't recognize Israel and shouldn't be given the right to judge the "Jewishness" of the rest of the Jews and especially not of the Israelis. Let's encourage them to go to Iran, where they are the only welcome Jews.

  2. Are we going to become like the other nations? Can we not stand in the power of HaShem? Shalom.

  3. Looks like Obama forgot to invite some Rabbis for Obama from this group.

  4. Yafa Beyla Cappon says:

    This is a Chillul Hashem-Loshon Hara, of the worst kind. This is just the opposite kind of behaviour that will bring Moshiach. Until ALL Jews can freely practice Ahavas Yisroel, Moshiach will not come. He will not come to a world where Am Yisroel is torn asunder by hate, and calumnious charges such as this. It is exactly against this kind of hate that we pray for divine protection every morning.

  5. Leslie Sue Partington says:

    You are going to hate me for this but I find it too much of a cousin to Sharia law. It is plainly and simply disgusting.

  6. Yafa Beyla Cappon says:

    I agree, Leslie with you…it is a cousin to Sharia, because these people have assigned themselves to a role that only Hashem can fill…and they operate outside of Torah Law, taking the Law into their own corrupted hands…these are the same men who rape little boys in yeshivas and mikvas…whose rabbis defend them and cut off anyone wo dares to out their wickedness.

  7. Leslie Sue Partington says:

    Dare I say that your last statement reminds me of something going on in the Church….I had no idea of any of this. And I can honestly say it makes me sick and ashamed.

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